The Reading / Listening - Wildlife Loss - Level 1

Wildlife is disappearing faster than ever before. The WWF says the world's wildlife population dropped by 60 per cent between 1970 and 2014. It said: "Earth is losing biodiversity at a rate seen only during mass extinctions." Most of this is because of "exploding human consumption". There are more people and they are eating more, buying more, cutting down trees for beef, and using more energy. This has led to a big loss of habitat for animals.



The report says that only a quarter of the world is untouched by humans. Researchers looked at 4,000 species of animals. In South and Central America, there has been an 89 per cent loss of wildlife in four decades. The WWF wrote that the shocking loss of wildlife, "is a [depressing] reminder...of the pressure we [put] on the planet." It warned: "We can be the generation that had its chance and failed to act; that let Earth slip away."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Wildlife Loss - Level 0 Wildlife Loss - Level 2   or  Wildlife Loss - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/10/30/living-planet-report-60-percent-animal-populations-gone-wwf/1817210002/
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46028862
  • https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/10/30/18042150/wwf-living-planet-report-vertebrate-loss


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. disappearing faster
  2. Earth is losing
  3. mass
  4. exploding human
  5. There are more people and they
  6. cutting down trees
  7. using more
  8. This has led to a big
  1. are eating more
  2. energy
  3. biodiversity
  4. loss of habitat
  5. extinctions
  6. consumption
  7. than ever
  8. for beef

Paragraph 2

  1. only a quarter of
  2. 4,000 species
  3. four
  4. the shocking loss
  5. the pressure we put
  6. the generation that
  7. failed to
  8. let Earth slip
  1. of wildlife
  2. act
  3. of animals
  4. away
  5. decades
  6. on the planet
  7. the world
  8. had its chance

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Wildlife is disappearing (1) ___________________ before. The WWF says the world's wildlife population (2) __________________ per cent between 1970 and 2014. It said: "Earth is losing biodiversity at a (3) ___________________ during mass extinctions." Most of this (4) ___________________ "exploding human consumption". There are more people and they are eating more, buying more, cutting (5) ___________________ beef, and using more energy. This has led to (6) ___________________ of habitat for animals.

The report says that (7) ___________________ of the world is untouched by humans. Researchers (8) ___________________ species of animals. In South and Central America, there has been an 89 per cent loss of (9) ___________________ decades. The WWF wrote that the (10) ___________________ wildlife, "is a [depressing] reminder...of the pressure we [put] (11) ___________________." It warned: "We can be the generation that had its chance and (12) ___________________; that let Earth slip away."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Wildlifeisdisappearingfasterthaneverbefore.TheWWFsaystheworld'
swildlifepopulationdroppedby60percentbetween1970and2014.Itsa
id:"Earthislosingbiodiversityatarateseenonlyduringmassextinctions
."Mostofthisisbecauseof"explodinghumanconsumption".Therearem
orepeopleandtheyareeatingmore,buyingmore,cuttingdowntreesfor
beef,andusingmoreenergy.Thishasledtoabiglossofhabitatforanimal
s.Thereportsaysthatonlyaquarteroftheworldisuntouchedbyhumans
.Researcherslookedat4,000speciesofanimals.InSouthandCentralA
merica,therehasbeenan89percentlossofwildlifeinfourdecades.The
WWFwrotethattheshockinglossofwildlife,"isa[depressing]reminder.
..ofthepressurewe[put]ontheplanet."Itwarned:"Wecanbethegener
ationthathaditschanceandfailedtoact;thatletEarthslipaway."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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